Venango College Equestrian Team
Western Rider Wins Regional Championship

Clarion University’s equestrian team, located at Venango College in Oil City, had its first western rider win a regional championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The equestrian team had six riders that qualified for Zone 6 Region 5 Regionals, including two English and four Western riders.

Three members of Clarion University’s Western Equestrian Team placed in the Zone 6 Region 5 Regionals held at West Virginia University on Saturday March 16, 2013. Judy Shupe, a junior from Franklin, placed first in the Beginner Western Horsemanship and is the team’s first Regional Champion. Katelynn Nussbaum, from Kersey, placed fourth in the same class. Kellie Forsman, a junior from Erie, placed third in the Intermediate Western Horsemanship II. Judy Shupe will be traveling to Kentucky on Saturday, March 23, 2013, along with all first and second place riders to compete in the Western Semi-Finals at Morehead State.

Melanie Daniel, from Ottsville, and Cody Lauer, from Clarion, competed in the English division. In addition to Shupe, Nussbaum and Forsman, Brittany Feroce, from Lower Burrell, competed in the Western Division. The Clarion University Equestrian Club was established in 2009 at Venango College of Clarion University as a club sport. Daly Fuller, coordinator of intramurals and recreation at Venango College, serves as club advisor. The club sport is open to all university students studying at Venango and Clarion campuses.

Venango College of Clarion University, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The college provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90 plus degrees, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The college is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, and School of Humanities, Sciences and Technology. Venango College is committed to serving the needs of the community.

Pictured, Katelynn Nussbaum 4th, Judy Shupe 1st Regional Champion, Tammy Braham Western Coach, Kellie Forsman 3rd.

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